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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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The Sheriff rode, and Little John
Of foot he was full smart, And when they came afore Robin :
' Lo, here is the master hart! '
Still stood the proud Sheriff,
A sorry man was he : 'Woe worth thee, Reynold Greenleaf!
Thou hast now betrayed me.'
cxc ' I make mine avow to God,' said Little John,
' Master, ye be to blame, I was mis-served of my dinner,
When I was with you at hame.'
cxci Soon he was to supper set,
And served with silver white; And when the Sheriff saw his vessel,
For sorrow he might not eat.
'Make good cheer,' said Robin Hood,
' Sheriff, for charity ! And for the love of Little John,
Thy life is granted to thee.'
When they had supped well,
The day was all agone, Robin commanded Little John
To draw off his hosen and shoon,
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